Juventus Vs Roma preview, team news, starting lineups and prediction
Juventus Vs Roma preview, team news, starting lineups and prediction of Saturday’s big clash between Serie A’s two title aspirants.
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Andrea Pirlo's side are coming into this game with the knowledge that a defeat might see them finish the weekend 10 points behind leaders Milan, albeit with a game versus Napoli in hand.
- Juventus will go head to head vs Roma in the Italian top-flight's biggest clash of the 21 st game week
- The Old Lady are coming into this clash having won each of their last five games in all competitions, while scoring 12 goals in that time
- Roma might be sitting above the Old Lady in the Serie A table but their defense is suspect after shipping in 4 goals over the past 2 games
Juventus will be aiming to prolong their recent excellent form when they take on 3 rd place Roma in Serie A's most anticipated clash of the weekend.
Andrea Pirlo's side couldn't have wished to play this game at a better time, as they have won each of their last five games in all competitions. Juve have scored 12 goals during that time and have let in only 1 in the process, indicating that they have what it takes to sustain a title challenge.
The same praise couldn't be heaped on the Roma side which has looked vulnerable in the past few weeks, particularly during their hard-fought 4-3 victory over bottom boys Spezia ten days ago. They'll therefore be aiming to make a massive statement of intent by getting the better of the Old Lady on Saturday.
Juventus Vs Roma: Team News and starting lineups
The reigning Serie A champions have only one injury concern ahead of their Saturday's clash with Paulo Fonseca's side. Paulo Dybala remains the only injury doubt for Juve but he too feature against I Giallorossi if he manages to prove his fitness in late fitness tests.
Their attack is expected to be spear-headed by the record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo who became the highest-scoring goalscorer in the history of football after scoring a brace in Juventus's Coppa Italia victory over Inter Milan in midweek.
Roma, though, are expected to be without the injured trio of Chris Smalling, Nicolo Zaniolo and Pedro Rodriguez. Former Man Utd center-back Smalling is still nursing a thigh injury with both Zaniolo and Pedro also having injury concerns of their own. Both the teams don't have any player suspended.
Possible Juventus starting lineup vs Roma : Wojciech Szczesny, Juan Cuadrado, Leonardo Bonucci, Matthijs de Ligt, Alex Sandro, Weston McKennie, Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Federico Chiesa, Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo
Possible Everton starting lineup vs Man Utd : Pau Lopez; Gianluca Mancini, Roger Ibanez, Davide Santon; Rick Karsdorp, Gianluca Villar, Jordan Veretout, Leonardo Spinazzola; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Borja Mayoral
Prediction : Juventus 3-1 Roma